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Only a selection of events follows below - a combination of new listings, some many months ahead to note in your diary, and reminders for other previously listed events in the more immediate future.
The full open-ended southern Devon Folk Diary listings appear on www.harbertonfolk.co.uk.
All information is given in good faith but no responsibility can be accepted for its accuracy. Do check with the organiser before setting out on a long journey. A listing below does not guarantee that tickets are still available.
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NEW Saturday 14 March 2015 8pm - The Old Gaffers - Victoria Inn, Fore Street, Salcombe TQ8 8BU (map)
The popular South Devon shanty crew on a regular visit to one of their favourite haunts.

NEW Saturday 21 March 2015 8.30pm - Jiggerypipery - Buccaneers Bar, East St. Crediton EX17 3AZ
Celtic Rock & Roll. Jiggerypipery will perform music from their astounding repertoire of original material. If you want to have a “wild old time” and be enthralled by the dynamic arrangements and skilful renditions of great dance-tunes, then Jiggerypipery are the band for you. Tickets £7.50 on the door.

Thursday 26 March 2015 7.30pm - Steve Knightley - Lee Moor Public Hall, PL7 5JR
Doors 7pm. Another Grow Your Own Gig solo tour date. Profits from the concert will go to Dartmoor Search and Rescue Team, Plymouth. Full details, bookings etc. at
www.dartmoorsartplymouth.org.uk/2014/10/fundraising-concert-by-steve-knightley-march-26th.

NEW Friday 27 March 2015 8pm - Plymouth Soroptimists' Charity Barn Dance - Derriford Leisure Centre, Derriford Hospital, Derriford Road, Plymouth, Devon PL6 8DH
Caller Martin Dowling. Tickets £7.50 to include Ploughman's supper, from Lynda on 01752 769070. In aid of Dame Hannah's.

Thursday 9 April 2015 - Steve Knightley - June’s Barn, West Hele Farm, Hennock, Bovey Tracey
Front man of Show of Hands. Food and a bar will be onsite in this beautiful setting with views across the valley to the moors. Profits from the night will be benefiting Farm Africa, and Friends of Blackpool School. For tickets call Richard Tomlinson on 07974 742216, or email warmhill@live.co.uk.

NEW 14-16 April 2015 - Lord of the Dance: Dangerous Games - Plymouth Pavilions (map)
A spectacular staging of Michael Flatley's master piece. Details
www.plymouthpavilions.com.

NEW Sunday 19 April 2015 - Bellowhead - Hall For Cornwall, Truro
The only West-Country date on this tour. See www.hallforcornwall.co.uk.

Rachel's - - East Devon Gig Guide for March
Is available to view and as a PDF download at www.harbertonfolk.co.uk/eastdevon.htm.

More in brief - Selection only - Full Diary listings and details on www.harbertonfolk.co.uk
Saturday 26 September - Fishermans Friends - Plymouth Pavilions
Sunday 15 November - The Waterboys - Plymouth Pavilions

26/2/15

Harberton Folk Circular - Thursday 26 February 2015
Only a selection of events follows below - a combination of new listings, some many months ahead to note in your diary, and reminders for other previously listed events in the more immediate future. The full open-ended southern Devon Folk Diary listings appear on www.harbertonfolk.co.uk.
All information is given in good faith but no responsibility can be accepted for its accuracy. Do check with the organiser before setting out on a long journey. A listing below does not guarantee that tickets are still available.
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Saturday 7 March 2015 7.45pm - Kathryn Roberts & Sean Lakeman - Harberton Parish Hall nr Totnes TQ9 7SE (map)
***** A Harberton Cricket Club  promotion supported by Harberton Folk *****
***** Tickets will also be available on the door
 but it's great if you can at least reserve in advance so we have a good idea how much real ale to lay on - Rob from the Bay Horse Inn had to go back to the pub for more beer last Sunday at the Steve Knightley concert! *****
An evening of traditional and self-penned songs, performed on vocals, guitar, keyboard and woodwind from the winners of the BBC Radio 2 Folk Award 2013 for Best Duo. Two of the British folk scene's most accomplished performers,  the intimacy and strength of passion shown as a duo, combined with an eclectic repertoire, ensures a rare treat for any listener. www.kathrynrobertsandseanlakeman.com. A Villages In Action event www.villagesinaction.co.uk. Tickets £10/£8. Online tickets £10+ from www.wegottickets.com/event/301040.
Ticketing: See here for full local ticketing details (Barry Goldsmith from HCC [cheque+SAE], and The Bay Horse Inn Totnes [cheque/cash for personal visitors]).
Licensed real ale bar, provided by the Bay Horse Inn Totnes.
***** An excellent real ale from the New Red Lion Brewery in Totnes will be waiting to delight your taste buds *****
Stop press from Harberton Cricket Club:
New Rope String Band
with their wonderful blend of great musicianship and side-splitting humour will be returning to Harberton on Saturday 18 July 2015 - for the last time. After more than a quarter of a century of music and mirth-making from Old and New Rope, Tim, Pete and Jock have decided 2015 will be the Band's final year. Watch this space for ticketing details.

NEW Wednesday 4 March 2015 7.30pm - The Classic Legends of Rock & Folk 'Super Tour ' 2015 - Exeter Corn Exchange (map)
From Emerson, Lake & Palmer, Carl Palmer & his Band performing ELP and more... From Wishbone Ash, original founding member Martin Turner & his Band plays the music of Wishbone Ash. And the classic line-up of legendary folk band The Strawbs with David Cousins, Dave Lambert and Chas Cronk, who together formed the front-line of the classic 1970s line-up of the band. Full details, bookings etc. www.exeter.gov.uk/cornexchange/index.aspx?articleid=15296.

Roberts & Lakeman - Traditional music
'Villages In Action' events - See www.villagesinaction.co.uk for booking details, venue locations etc.
An evening of traditional and self-penned songs, performed on vocals, guitar, keyboard and woodwind from the winners of the BBC Radio 2 Folk Award 2013 for Best Duo. Two of the British folk scene's most accomplished performers, Dartmoor-based Kathryn and Sean have graced stages the world over in a number of guises. However the intimacy and strength of passion shown as a duo, combined with an eclectic repertoire, ensures a rare treat for any listener. With a story that includes music making with the likes of Seth Lakeman, Cara Dillon, Levellers, Kate Rusby and Show of Hands, Kathryn Roberts and Sean Lakeman have established themselves as pillars of modern British folk. www.kathrynrobertsandseanlakeman.com
Wednesday 4 March 2015 7.30pm - Meavy Parish Hall, Meavy
Thursday 5 March 2015 7.30pm - Sampford Courtenay Village Hall
Friday 6 March 2015 7.30pm - Highweek Village Hall, Highweek
Saturday 7 March 2015 7.30pm - Harberton Parish Hall, nr Totnes

NEW SeriousKitchen -The Whispering Road (storytelling and music)
'Villages In Action' events - See www.villagesinaction.co.uk for booking details, venue locations etc.
This new show combines dark Scandinavian tales with brooding folk music performed by the international touring group seriouskitchen. Bubbling with vivid imagery and thrilling music, The Whispering Road is a story youll never forget. Leaping between song, music and the spoken word, seriouskitchen deliver an electrifying performance leading the audience on a fantastical journey to a land where every bird and beast has power and every encounter a deeper purpose. The Whispering Road is brought to life with accompaniment of traditional Scandinavian music on the Swedish nyckelharpa (keyed fiddle), kohorn (cow horn), accordion, guitar and three-part close harmony singing. Seriouskitchen draws on the rich heritage of Scandinavian myths and stories to bring you a show blending Nick Hennessey’s spellbinding storytelling with Vicki Swan & Jonny Dyer’s renowned musicianship and their collective wealth of experience of Nordic traditional folk culture. www.seriouskitchen.co.uk
Friday 6 March 2015 7.30pm - Stokeinteignhead Village Hall
Saturday 7 March 2015 8pm - Harbertonford Village Hall
Sunday 8 March 2015 7.30pm - South Brent Village Hall

7-27 March 2015 - Vibraphonic Festival - Exeter Phoenix, Gandy Street EX4 3LS (map)
www.exeterphoenix.org.uk/category/vibraphonic-fest

Sunday 8 March 2015 7.45pm - Dan Walsh - Folk on the Moor, Westward Inn, Lee Mill, Ivybridge PL21 9EE (map)
Whilst jokes about the banjo are commonplace and (usually!) funny, if you're one who simply joins in the banter, then come along and see what a master-technician can do. Dan is a member of The Urban Folk Quartet and a rare talent - a demon banjo picker and fine singer/songwriter.  For further information or to reserve a seat visit www.moorfolk.co.uk.

Sunday 8 March 2015 - Topsham Folk Club feature spot: The Dukes of Jook  - The Malthouse, Globe Hotel, Topsham, Exeter EX3 0HR (map)
Occasional feature on a singers night: An hour with The Dukes of Jook - Chris Billings and Julian Piper. www.topshamfolkclub.co.uk

Sunday 8 March 2015 - Marta Tilston - Exeter Phoenix, Gandy Street EX4 3LS (map)
Martha is a captivating performer, an enchanting young singer-songwriter blessed with a gloriously clear and seductive voice. Her songs are exquisitely melodic and rooted in environmental, human and social issues as well as celebrating love, inner peace and the natural world. www.marthatilston.co.uk. Box Office: 01392 667080. Full details www.exeterphoenix.org.uk/events/martha-tilston.

NEW Thursday 12 March 2015 - New Acoustic Blues Club for Brixham
If you play, sing or listen to the blues, not the loud electric rhythm-and-blues type, but 1927 to 1942 acoustic blues, you may enjoy BBT2 (Brixham Blues Second Thursday). The launch - 8.30pm, Thursday March 12 (and then the 2nd Thursday of each month) Maritime Inn, King St, Brixham - features Delta Echoes, but with plenty of time for blues floor spots. Delta Echoes comprises acclaimed National steel guitar slide and lap-steel player Stuart Cumberpatch and Richard Scruton, well known on the London folk and blues scene for authentic interpretation of the great Delta bluesmen’s guitar picking. Contact: email stuart1929[at]btinternet.com, tel. 01803 855256.

Thursday 12 March 2015 - Sheelanagig - South Devon Arts Centre, The Stables, Ford Road, Totnes, TQ9 5LE (map)
Standing. Sheelanagig deliver intricate, rhythmically complex arrangements of original and traditional works in a Balkan style. Formed in early 2005 the band had an instant chemistry, gained a considerable following and quickly earned a reputation for their exhilarating and intense live performances. This group of incredible players force you to dance your socks off and have a great time. Sheelanagig’s live shows have grown to incorporate aspects of street theatre, elements of storytelling and even acrobatics, it can provoke a frenzied reaction – flying drinks, mosh pits and stage invasions are hazards on a really good night. In short, expect mayhem, a lot of laughs and some great music. www.sheelanagig.co.uk. Full details, ticketing, samples etc. www.southdevonarts.co.uk/#!sheelanagig/cjwm.
Tickets also available on 0844 888 0435 or direct from Totnes Tourist Information Centre (by Morrisons).

Friday 13 March 2015 8pm - Bill Kirchen - Globe Hotel, Topsham EX3 0HR
One of the fortunate few who can step onto any stage, play those trademark licks that drove his seminal Commander Cody classic Hot Rod Lincoln into the Top Ten, and elicit instant recognition for a career that has spanned over 40 years and includes guitar work with Nick Lowe, Emmylou Harris, Doug Sahm, Elvis Costello and many more. Named “A Titan of the Telecaster” by Guitar Player Magazine, he celebrates an American musical tradition where rock 'n' roll and country music draws upon its origins in blues and bluegrass, Western swing from Texas and California honky-tonk. What more is there to be said ? Tickets £12.50 from Topsham Books (01392) 877895.

Friday 13 March 2015 - Jess Morgan - Blue Walnut Cafe, Walnut Road, Chelston TQ2 6HS (map)
Jess is busy making a name for herself as a force to be reckoned with in contemporary indie-folk music. Expect bold, inventive songs which are peppered with influence from British and American Folk as well as country, blues and world music. More details 01803 394113. www.bluewalnuttorquay.co.uk.

Saturday 14 March 2015 8pm - The Hut People - Beehive Arts Centre, Dowell Street, Honiton EX14 1LZ
Taking the audience on a musical journey around the World, The Hut People have proved to be one of the most unique, entertaining and best-loved acts on the UK folk scene today. Tickets £8 adv / £10 door. www.beehivehoniton.co.uk. Tel: 01404 384050.

Saturday 14 March 2015 7.30pm - A West Country Concert - South Brent Village Hall, Station Approach TQ10 9AQ (map)
with Mike O'Connor & Barbara Griggs, Martin & Shan Graebe and Si Barron.
Mike O'Connor & Barbara Griggs www.lyngham.co.uk/mike&barbara.html with a unique, mainly Cornish song repertoire and beautiful music on harp, violin, octave violin and viol. Mike is well-known for his song writing and storytelling and his knowledge of Cornish legends and folk tales and Barbara is an early music specialist. A relaxed, highly entertaining evening – a blend of fact, fiction, and music: ‘Balm for the soul'.
Martin & Shan Graebe www.martinandshan.net singing together in harmony, drawing from a repertoire of English songs, particularly those collected by Sabine Baring-Gould in Devon and Cornwall – plus a few of the songs that Martin has written. They are acknowledged authorities on the Sabine Baring-Gould folk song collection.
And Si Barron www.sibarron.eu/index.html of Barron Brady - a very fine singer and guitarist and interpreter of traditional and contemporary folk songs.
Reel Ale bar. Tickets £10 adv from artworks www.artworksouthbrent.co.uk or £12 on the door. FFI: contact Eileen McKee: Tel: 01364 73699; email: eileen.southbrentfolk@gmail.com. One of a number of events organised throughout the year by South Brent Folk to support folk music in the South Brent area. Others will include South Brent Folk Day on Saturday 4 July 2015 and another 'Twixt Christmas and New Year Céilidh' on Sunday 27 December 2015. See www.southbrentfolk.org.uk.

UPDATED Saturday 14 March 2015 - French & Breton Dance - Newton St Cyres Parish Hall, New Town Lane, EX5 5BL
Live music by 2 bands Fraîch'Airs and Truffetête. Dance workshop 5.15-7pm led by Pat Long and Jenny Dodwell. 7-7.45pm bring-and-share supper. 8-11pm dance. Dance incl. workshops £10 (unwaged £8); U14 £4.50; dance only £8 (unwaged £6), U14 £4. Further info contact Chris email chrisplanel[at]hotmail.com or call Mike/Pat on 01392 811593.

NEW Sunday 15 March 2015 8pm - Alasdair Roberts - B-Bar, Castle Street, The Barbican, Plymouth PL1 2NJ (map)
In support of his new record, Alasdair will be taking to the road, playing solo at the B-Bar with support from Sound of Yell and Gareth & Annie. “Few, if any, artists are pushing the boundaries of traditional music further.” Uncut 910. “To describe Alasdair Roberts as a singer-songwriter is akin to saying Stephen Hawking is quite interested in physics.” Mojo. www.alasdairroberts.com. Tickets £10. www.b-bar.co.uk. Tel. 01752 242021.

NEW Tuesday 17 March 2015 - St Patricks Night with the FOS Brothers - Colebrook Village Hall, nr Crediton
You need to book (call Steve Graham 01363 84309) as tickets are limited. Tickets £15 inc supper, veggie option available. 7.30pm doors. Food and bar.

UPDATED Thursday 19 March 2015 7.30pm - Phil Beer Returns - Brixham Theatre, TQ5 8TA (map)
in concert with Maggie Duffy & Mike Weed. Phil Beer is the multi-instrumental half of the West Countryʼs award winning acoustic duo, Show of Hands, described as a true craftsman, a master musician and consummate performer. With a professional career of over 36 years, Phil has a great deal of material to draw on for his solo appearances. All are songs and music of memory and significance sung in the subtle and melodic Phil Beer style and interjected with musings and amusings to an almost personal audience. It is a treat of past and current favourites from one of the most popular musicians on the acoustic circuit. www.philbeer.co.uk. Full details www.wegottickets.com/event/306862.
[Ed.: Maggie Duffy's new album 'Closer To Home' will be available for the first time at this concert.]

NEW Friday 27 March 2015 9pm - Dr Thud’s Remedy - B-Bar, Castle Street, The Barbican, Plymouth PL1 2NJ (map)
Five-piece band playing music of Irish/celtic origin. They play pretty much anything that gets feet tapping and lots of happy people dancing with instrumentation including vocals, guitar, harmonica, occasional Irish whistle, mandolin, fiddle, tea-chest bass, bodhran and percussion. Tickets £3. www.b-bar.co.uk. Tel. 01752 242021.

Sunday 29 March 2015 8pm - Andy Cutting - Topsham Folk Club, Matthews Hall, Topsham EX3 0HF (map)
Andy Cutting is a rarity. A musician's musician (BBC Radio 2 Folk Award Winner Best Musician 2009 and 2011): a soulful and technically outstanding melodeon practitioner with an ear for a fine tune. Many of his tunes have been purloined along the way: some considered contemporary classics on the folk scene. But then, Andy is also a warm and emotive performer, modestly engaging his audiences with his self-deprecating wit and then flooring them with downright staggering musicianship. www.andy-cutting.co.uk. £10 adv/£12 door. www.topshamfolkclub.co.uk.

Sunday 29 March 2015 - Martin Carthy - Barrel House, Totnes (map)
Martin Carthy is a ground-breaking acoustic and electric-guitarist. He's a ballad singer and an authoritative interpreter of newly composed material. He always prefers to follow an insatiable musical curiosity rather than cash in on his unrivalled position. Perhaps, most significant of all, are his settings of traditional songs with guitar, which have influenced a generation of artists, including Bob Dylan and Paul Simon, on both sides of the Atlantic. Martin is also been an integral collaborator and vocalist as part of Simon Emmerson’s project, ‘The Imagined Village. “For four decades, Martin Carthy's work has immeasurably enriched the British folk heritage. He is regarded as one of the finest singers and interpreters of traditional music of the British Isles, as well as a highly influential and much-imitated guitarist. Awarded the MBE for services to English folk music in 1998, his drive and enthusiasm are undiminished and he continues to be one of folk music's great innovators” - The BBC. `Arguably the greatest English folk song performer, writer, collector and editor of them all' Q Magazine. Bookings etc. www.barrelhousetotnes.co.uk/whats-on/martin-carthy. Tel. 01803 849290.

UPDATED Wednesday 15 April 2015 - Phil Beer - Lustleigh Village Hall
£16. Tickets and enquiries Daf Edwards, 01364 621242, 07957 280129, enquiries@langworthyfarm.co.uk. For details of a 2-day 'Dartmoor break' available in association with this concert see www.langworthyfarm.co.uk / contact Daf. If enough people are interested, The Cleave pub in Lustleigh will put on a two-course set menu dinner at 5.30pm for £20 for anyone wishing to eat before the gig. Daf says the food at the Cleave is of an excellent quality and with good sized portions. Let her know by mid March as she has to give numbers to the pub around then.

UPDATED Saturday 18 April 2015 7.30pm - Steve Knightley - South Brent Village Hall, Station Approach TQ10 9AQ (map)
Part of his 'Grow Your Own Gig' tour. 'Show of Hands' acclaimed front man and BBC award winning singer-songwriter, is returning to his roots and taking his solo show to village halls the length and breadth of England. Licensed bar. All tickets £16. Bookings, enquiries contact Peter Hopwood 01364 72056, email hopwoodclan[at[yahoo.co.uk, or Mandy Haley 01364 73809, or email on mandy[at]timman.co.uk.

NEW Sunday 19 April 2015 8pm -  Keith James plays the songs of Nick Drake - B-Bar, Castle Street, The Barbican, Plymouth PL1 2NJ (map)
Nick Drake is the most revered and truly loved of all of this Country’s singersongwriters. He recorded three cherished Albums between 1969 and 1972 but was almost entirely unknown in his day. After his tragic death in 1974 aged only 26 his music almost disappeared into obscurity. Now, thanks to a massive resurgence of interest on a worldwide scale, re-evaluating his Life and his genius, Nick Drake has become a National treasure. This new concert will have, as far as can be possible, a fresh and rewarding set list. ‘Some of the most atmospheric and emotive music you will ever hear’ The Independent; ‘Keith James has become a pillar of trust. A sublimely intimate and engaging voice’ Sunday Times; ‘an absolute must’ Mark Radcliffe BBC Radio. Tickets £10. www.b-bar.co.uk. Tel. 01752 242021.

NEW Friday 1 May 2015 8pm - Mad Dog Mcrea - Tavistock Wharf (map)
Seated+standing. Mad Dog Mcrea blend a unique mixture of folk rock, pop, gypsy jazz, bluegrass and 'shake your ass' music. From self-penned songs of adventure, drinking, love and life, to traditional songs of gypsies, fairies, legless pirates and black flies - Mad Dog never fail to capture their audience with their infectious songs. Seats bookable for £2 more. Box office 01822 611166. www.tavistockwharf.com/whats_on/live_music?event=2330_mad_dog_mcrea.

Wednesday 20 May 2015 8pm - Fairport Convention - The Watermark, Erme Court, Leonards Road, Ivybridge PL21 0SZ (map)
Fairport Convention are an English folk rock and electric folk band. Formed in 1967, they are widely regarded as the most important group in the English folk rock movement. Bookings etc. www.ivybridgewatermark.co.uk/fairportconvention. Tel. 01752 892220.

NEW Thursday 21 May 2015 8pm - An Evening with Slaid Cleaves - B-Bar, Castle Street, The Barbican, Plymouth PL1 2NJ (map)
Slaid Cleaves spins stories with a novelist’s eye and a poet’s heart. “Normally when I start writing a new batch, a theme starts to emerge after three or four songs,” says Cleaves. “This time around I thought, I’m just gonna write where the muse takes me and each song will be its own thing. So I ended up with a CD that has a bit more variety on it compared to my previous releases. Half the songs are about struggle and perseverance and half are all over the place, some tongue-in-cheek stuff, a gospel song, a Texas pride song.” www.slaidcleaves.com. Tickets £10. www.b-bar.co.uk. Tel. 01752 242021.

UPDATED 31 July to 7 August 2015 - Sidmouth Folk Week
This year's Pre-Festival Special concert on Thurs 30 July features Kate Rusby & her Band. Super Early Bird tickets now sold out, Early Bird now available until 30 April at latest. Details www.sidmouthfolkweek.co.uk. Join their mailing list for regular updates.

NEW 8-15 August 2015 - Dartington International Summer School (Week 2): Folk Content - Dartington Hall Trust, Totnes, Devon TQ9 6EL (map)
Week 2 includes several folk courses and performance events. www.dartington.org/summer-school/courses#week2.
Course: Folk Choir (Sally Davies)
Sally Davies is an extremely experienced singer, composer and choir leader, and directs the Cecil Sharp House Choir with her distinctive and original arrangements of folk songs. The Folk Choir course will provide an intense and rewarding learning experience; you’ll be rehearsing folk songs from England and Eastern Europe, in spine-tingling a cappella harmony, for a concert later in the week.
Course: As I Walked Out One Morning (Kathryn Tickell & Marilyn Imrie)
The wonderful virtuoso Northumbrian pipesplayer, fiddler and singer Kathryn Tickell joins forces with the prolific Scottish theatre director and radio producer Marilyn Imrie, to lead this exciting folk course. Devoted to storytelling, song writing and instrumental tuition, the class offers the chance for poets, songwriters and players to study and rehearse traditional music and poetry, as well as collaborate and create new work. There’s a concert later in the week, shared with the Folk Choir.
Course: Arranging Folk Music (Sally Davies)
‘When you arrange a song, you are a composer. Having sung the polyphonic songs of the Caucasus and The Balkans, I felt there was a crying need for British folk songs to have something of the bite and power of these Eastern European arrangements. It’s my intention to infuse English folk songs with some of these harmonic elements!’ Sally Davies’ course is for musicians with some experience of arranging, and you’ll be looking at creating open harmonies for different-sized ensembles.
The following public concerts and ceilidh will all take place in Dartington's Great Hall:
Monday 3 August 2015 10pm - Strings, Wheel and Fingers
Stevie Wishart: hurdy gurdy and violin. Medieval music, improvisation, and guest artists. Bookings www.dartington.org/spektrix/event?Id=83602.
Sunday 9 August 2015 7.45pm - Kathryn Tickell & The Side
Northumbrian pipes, accordion, cello and harp. The great Kathryn Tickell and her new band bring together folk and classical. Bookings www.dartington.org/spektrix/event?Id=85197.
Thursday 13 August 2015 5.15pm - As I Walked Out One Morning
Folk Choir, Kathryn Tickell, Marilyn Imrie, folk students. A cappella folk choir, folk poetsy and new songs, Kathryn Tickell students. Bookings www.dartington.org/spektrix/event?Id=87397.
Friday 14 August 2015 10pm - Ceilidh
Caller and folk band. Final Night Party, with dancing. Bookings www.dartington.org/spektrix/event?Id=87199.

NEW Saturday 19 September 2015 2pm & 7.30pm - The Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain: 30 Plucking Years - Exeter Corn Exchange (map)
NB two performances. Eight ukuleles, sixteen hands, thirty two strings, sixteen million minutes, one billion seconds, thirty years. In June 2015 the Orchestra had clocked up sixteen million minutes of ukulele action. By September 2016 they will have been active for one billion seconds. They play ukuleles, they sing, they say funny things, they whistle, but they bring a lot more to the table than that. 'Pure entertainment', 'Magisterial', 'The best musical entertainment in the country', 'A much loved national institution' - just some of the things audience members and reviewers have said in attempting to encapsulate the indefinable magic and atmosphere of all round good humour, light heartedness, well being and joy which permeate the live concerts. Full details, bookings etc. www.exeter.gov.uk/cornexchange/index.aspx?articleid=15328.

More in brief - Selection only - Full Diary listings and details on www.harbertonfolk.co.uk
Thursday 5 March -
Martin Harley Band - Exeter Phoenix
Friday 6 March - Police Dog Hogan - Beehive Arts Centre, Dowell Street, Honiton
Friday 6 March - Mad Dog Mcrea - The Rum Store, Carnglaze Caverns, St Neot, Liskeard
Saturday 7 March - Spring Ceilidh with Rough Music - Beehive Arts Centre, Dowell Street, Honiton
Saturday 7 March - The Boys from Melbourne Street - Bridge Inn, Topsham, Exeter
Saturday 7 March - Jim Causley (solo) - St Mary's Parish Church, Kingskerswell
Wednesday 11 March - Beehive Folk & Acoustic - Beehive Arts Centre, Dowell Street, Honiton
Thursday 12 March - John Renbourn & Wizz Jones - Matthews Hall, Topsham, Exeter
Saturday 14 March -
Mad Dog Mcrea - Exeter Phoenix
Friday 20 March - Barron Brady - Ley Arms Folk & Acoustic Music Club, Ley Arms, Kenn, nr Exeter
Friday 20 March - Harbottle & Jonas and Wildwood Kin - The Bay Horse Inn, 8 Cistern Street, Totnes
Saturday 21 March - Jiggerypipery - Buccaneers Bar, East St. Crediton
Saturday 21 March - Tom McConville - Cygnet Theatre Exeter
Saturday 21 March - Phillip Henry & Hannah Martin – The Flavel Arts Centre, Dartmouth
Sunday 22 March - Tom McConville - Folk on the Moor, Westward Inn, Lee Mill, Ivybridge

Thursday 26 March - Steve Knightley - Lee Moor Public Hall
Sunday 29 March -
Martin Carthy - Barrel House, Totnes
Wednesday 8 April - Feast Of Fiddles - Exeter Corn Exchange
Wednesday 20 May - Fairport Convention - The Watermark, Erme Court, Leonards Road, Ivybridge

John Culf
johnculf@harbertondevon.co.uk
www.harbertondevon.co.uk
www.harbertonfolk.co.uk

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19/2/15

Harberton Folk Circular - Thursday 19 February 2015
All information is given in good faith but no responsibility can be accepted for its accuracy. Do check with the organiser before setting out on a long journey. A listing below does not guarantee that tickets are still available.
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The listing below includes all known events for the next fortnight or so, plus a few reminders and quite a new new events beyond that time.
As always, the full open-ended southern Devon Folk Diary listings appear on www.harbertonfolk.co.uk.

Roberts & Lakeman - Traditional music
'Villages In Action' events - See www.villagesinaction.co.uk for booking details, venue locations etc.
An evening of traditional and self-penned songs, performed on vocals, guitar, keyboard and woodwind from the winners of the BBC Radio 2 Folk Award 2013 for Best Duo. Two of the British folk scene's most accomplished performers, Dartmoor-based Kathryn and Sean have graced stages the world over in a number of guises. However the intimacy and strength of passion shown as a duo, combined with an eclectic repertoire, ensures a rare treat for any listener. With a story that includes music making with the likes of Seth Lakeman, Cara Dillon, Levellers, Kate Rusby and Show of Hands, Kathryn Roberts and Sean Lakeman have established themselves as pillars of modern British folk. www.kathrynrobertsandseanlakeman.com
4 March 2015 7.30pm - Meavy Parish Hall, Meavy
5 March 2015 7.30pm - Sampford Courtenay Village Hall
6 March 2015 7.30pm - Highweek Village Hall, Highweek
7 March 2015 7.30pm - Harberton Parish Hall, nr Totnes

Thursday 5 March 2015 - Martin Harley Band - Exeter Phoenix, Gandy Street EX4 3LS (map)
The Martin Harley band - the powerhouse trio of slide guitar master Martin Harley (vocals, guitar, Weissenborn), Pete Swatton (drums, percussion, balalaika, backing vocals) and Jay Carter (double bass, guitar, backing vocals) - are an internationally acclaimed three piece act. Their ‘British Americana’ sound, influenced by Delta Blues and Gypsy Swing has produced a road worn style of song writing. Performances at Glastonbury’s Acoustic and Avalon stages have cemented their popularity as part of UK’s acoustic scene and the home grown, hard touring approach they’ve employed over the last eight years has built them a strong fan base worldwide. www.martinharley.com. Box Office: 01392 667080.
Full details www.exeterphoenix.org.uk/events/martin-harley.

Friday 6 March 2015 8pm - Mad Dog Mcrea - The Rum Store, Carnglaze Caverns, St Neot, Liskeard (map)
Support: folk rock duo Sounds of the Sirens. Full details www.carnglaze.com/mad-dog-mcrea-plus-sounds-sirens-rum-store-carnglaze-caverns-friday-6th-march-2015-8pm. Tel. 01579 320251

NEW Saturday 7 March 2015 - The Boys from Melbourne Street - Bridge Inn, Topsham, Exeter EX3 0QQ (map)
Launching their new CD “Ship of Fools”. Doors 8pm. Donations on the night. Featuring guest musician Chris Billings on lap slide guitar and Helen Wilson on harmony vocals.

NEW Saturday 7 March 2015 - Jim Causley (solo) - St Mary's Parish Church, Kingskerswell TQ12 5LD (map)
Five times BBC Radio 2 Folk Award nominee Jim Causley is singer/accordionist who is passionate about traditional song and particularly that of his native Devon. 2015 sees the release of a new album for Jim, somewhat of a departure and a new beginning; this is Jim’s first album of entirely self-penned material. It is being recorded and produced by Phil Beer and will mark exactly ten years since the release of Causley’s debut album. Full details www.worldunlimited.co.uk/events/jimandlukasdevon.htm.

Thursday 12 March 2015 8pm - John Renbourn & Wizz Jones - Matthews Hall, Topsham, Exeter EX3 0HF (map)
A long way down the road from their beatnik days in St. Ives, two of the greatest folk guitar heroes of our generation, join up for an evening of classic folk and blues, tall tales and reminiscence. John and Wizz will perform together as well as playing solo. A rare opportunity to catch these two legends weaving their unique magic. Tickets £16.50 from Topsham Books 01392 877895 or 01392 873407.

NEW Saturday 14 March 2015 7.30pm - South Devon Big Band - Ariel Centre, King Edward VI Community College, Ashburton Road, Totnes TQ9 5JX (map)
With KEVICC Folk Club. Experience the sounds of Glenn Miller, Count Basie, Duke Ellington and similar big bands from that wonderful era. Raising money for Totnes Rotary. Tickets £10, child £5 from Totnes TIC 01803 863168 or call the lovely Glenyce on 01803 863920.

NEW Tuesday 17 March 2015 - Eleanor McEvoy - St Mary's Parish Church, Kingskerswell TQ12 5LD (map)
Eleanor McEvoy is one of Irelands biggest stars – she sang the lead track on the album “A Woman’s Heart”, the third biggest selling album of all time in Ireland (behind David Gray’s White Ladder and Abba Gold!). Full details www.worldunlimited.co.uk/events/eleanor.htm.

NEW Friday 20 March 2015 8pm - Harbottle & Jonas and Wildwood Kin - The Bay Horse Inn, 8 Cistern Street, Totnes, Devon, TQ9 5SP (map)
Harbottle & Jonas www.harbottleandjonas.com are a young and upcoming folk duo that already have plaudits from folk royalty including Seth Lakeman, Jon Boden and BBC Introducing Devon. Sample www.youtube.com/watch?v=I_GmU22smWQ. Wildwood Kin have recently been nominated for the illustrious BBC Radio 2 'Young Folk Award' 2015. They are the future of folk music. www.facebook.com/wildwoodkin. Free entry. All donations go towards Ukes for Uganda www.gofundme.com/harbottlecycles.

NEW Saturday 28 March 2015 8pm - Moscow Drug Club - Calstock Hall, The Quay, Calstock PL18 9QA (map)
Musicians of great provenance (see www.moscowdrugclub.com) with a great show of Hot Club, Nuevo Tango and East European Gypsy all reminiscent of a Berlin cabaret; more information and tickets www.calstockhall.com.

NEW Sunday 29 March 2015 - Martin Carthy - Barrel House, Totnes (map)
Martin Carthy is a ground-breaking acoustic and electric-guitarist. He's a ballad singer and an authoritative interpreter of newly composed material. He always prefers to follow an insatiable musical curiosity rather than cash in on his unrivalled position. Perhaps, most significant of all, are his settings of traditional songs with guitar, which have influenced a generation of artists, including Bob Dylan and Paul Simon, on both sides of the Atlantic. Martin is also been an integral collaborator and vocalist as part of Simon Emmerson’s project, ‘The Imagined Village. “For four decades, Martin Carthy's work has immeasurably enriched the British folk heritage. He is regarded as one of the finest singers and interpreters of traditional music of the British Isles, as well as a highly influential and much-imitated guitarist. Awarded the MBE for services to English folk music in 1998, his drive and enthusiasm are undiminished and he continues to be one of folk music's great innovators” - The BBC. `Arguably the greatest English folk song performer, writer, collector and editor of them all' Q Magazine. Bookings etc. www.barrelhousetotnes.co.uk/whats-on/martin-carthy. Tel. 01803 849290.

NEW Wednesday 20 May 2015 8pm - Fairport Convention - The Watermark, Erme Court, Leonards Road, Ivybridge PL21 0SZ (map)
Fairport Convention are an English folk rock and electric folk band. Formed in 1967, they are widely regarded as the most important group in the English folk rock movement. Bookings etc. www.ivybridgewatermark.co.uk/fairportconvention. Tel. 01752 892220.

NEW Saturday 6 June 2015 8pm - Simon and Garfunkel: Through the Years performed by Bookends - The Watermark, Erme Court, Leonards Road, Ivybridge PL21 0SZ (map)
Following a sell-out run at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, receiving 4 stars from Broadway Baby, Bookends are back on tour with their moving and powerful live performance and multimedia show, taking a chronological journey through the friendship and career of Simon & Garfunkel. Following a BBC Radio tour the show was described as a "must see" with Bookends being labeled as the most authentic sounding tribute to the music of Simon Garfunkel. With ever expanding visuals the show opens at the start of their career and ends at the much publicised breakup. Features hits such as The Sound of Silence, Mrs. Robinson, The Boxer and the unforgettable Bridge over Trouble Water, the show is a must see for any music lover. www.thebookendsshow.co.uk. Bookings etc. www.ivybridgewatermark.co.uk/bookends. Tel. 01752 892220.

NEW Sunday 28 June 2015 8pm - Martyn Joseph - Matthews Hall, Topsham, Exeter EX3 0HF (map)
Martyn Joseph is a powerful singer and songwriter gifted with the rare ability to speak to the soul with his expressive and poignant lyrics. With a career spanning 30 years, 32 albums, over a half a million record sales and thousands of live performances, the versatility of his music touches genres of folk, rock, soul, folk funk and Americana, yet somehow all these labels cannot define the spirit of his music. Compared to Bruce Springsteen, John Mayer, Bruce Cockburn and Dave Matthews, he has created his own style and reputation as a mesmerising live performer. A unique talent driven by passion, social awareness and love for his trade, his music manages to empower and speak for the many. Bookings, more info www.wegottickets.com/event/311390.

NEW Saturday 4 July 2015 - South Brent Folk Day - Evening concert with Hattie Briggs Trio and Steve Turner
Singing, music, morris and clog dancing, drop in concert and workshops (including Concertina / Song accompaniment), throughout the day in the Old School Centre. There will be a poetry competition around the theme of 'Tree life': entry £2.50 per poem - closing date Saturday 20th June 2015.
Food during the day from 'Two Good Cooks' (Anna Stewart & Tara Vaughan-Hughes).
Evening: Folk Concert at 7.30pm in the Village Hall with:
Hattie Briggs Trio; Hattie is a Gloucestershire based singer-songwriter and BBC Radio 2 Young Folk Award Nominee in 2014. Having had 3 singles in the iTunes singer-songwriter chart, she will be releasing her debut album ‘Red & Gold’ on 6th April. www.hattiebriggs.co.uk. Steve Turner began his career on the Manchester folk scene at the end of the 1960s. He is a multi-instrumentalist, with one of the best voices in the business who accompanies himself on the concertina and cittern and also plays mandolin and banjo. His 5th album 'The Whirligig of Time' was long listed for the BBC folk awards in 2008 and his latest 'Rim of the Wheel' was released in 2012 to rave reviews. www.steve-turner.co.uk. Reel Ale Bar; Doors 7pm; tickets £10 adv by post (contact Eileen McKee on 01364 73699 or email southbrentfolk@gmail.com), £12 door.
Further details to be announced Visit South Brent Folk website www.southbrentfolk.org.uk.

NEW 17/18 July 2015 - Chagstock Festival - Chagford
Multi-genre line-up includes Mad Dog Mcrea, Martha Tilston, Police Dog Hogan, Rusty Shackle, Roving Crows. www.chagstock.info. The festival has sold out the last 3 years.

Feature venue: Beehive Arts Centre in Honiton
Beehive Arts Centre, Dowell Street, Honiton EX14 1LZ.  www.beehivehoniton.co.uk. Tel: 01404 384050.
Friday 6 March 8pm - Police Dog Hogan
Their live shows are exuberant, accomplished, stirring and funny, mixing country-fried heartbreakers, belting anthems and foot-stomping sing-alongs. Great songs, great musicians & their live shows are really, really good fun! Tickets £10.
Saturday 7 March 7.30pm - Spring Ceilidh with Rough Music
Devon’s folk arts charity Wren Music presents a family ceilidh with live music from the folk orchestra Rough Music. Rough Music was established by Wren Music 15 years ago. It has grown to over 30 members playing a wide range of instruments. Their repertoire ranges from Devon step dances, through Breton airs, to Swedish polkas and much more. Tickets £8 adult, £5 child.

Wednesday 11 March 8pm - Beehive Folk & Acoustic
Hosted by Terry Stacey in the bar. Free entry. All styles of music. Plugged and unplugged. Special guests "Sid Vale Folk". All welcome to have a beer and listen or play and sing.

Saturday 14 March 8pm - The Hut People
Taking the audience on a musical journey around the World, The Hut People have proved to be one of the most unique, entertaining and best-loved acts on the UK folk scene today. Tickets £8 adv / £10 door.

Saturday 4 April 8pm - India Electric Co.
Sometimes folk, sometimes not. India Electric Company travel through Eastern European themes, gypsy jazz and Irish reels to end up with something "just so fresh." (Tom Robinson, BBC 6 Music). Tickets £10.

Wednesday 8 April 7.30 pm - Beehive Folk & Acoustic
Hosted by Sue King in the bar. Folk and acoustic unplugged. Everyone is welcome whether it is to come along, have a beer and listen or to play and sing. Free.

Folk Club Map
"This could be a really useful resource but it will rely on a community effort to keep it up to date. Have a look at: www.google.com/maps/d/viewer?mid=zV_JF5o4YYCs.k5CBvD6DMEsI and, if your club or session isn't there, why not add it?"
[An interesting item gleaned from Steve Cunio's latest 'Sadfolk' (Somerset & Dorset Folk) email circular - see www.sadfolk.co.uk to sign up. I'll be adding the Folk Club Map link to the Links page on www.harbertonfolk.co.uk.]

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7/2/15

Harberton Folk Circular - Saturday 7 February 2015
Only a selection of events follows below - a combination of new listings, some many months ahead to note in your diary, and reminders for other previously listed events in the more immediate future.
The full open-ended southern Devon Folk Diary listings appear on www.harbertonfolk.co.uk.
All information is given in good faith but no responsibility can be accepted for its accuracy. Do check with the organiser before setting out on a long journey. A listing below does not guarantee that tickets are still available.
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NEW Saturday 7 March 2015 7.30pm - Spring Ceilidh with Rough Music - Beehive Arts Centre, Dowell Street, Honiton EX14 1LZ
Devon’s folk arts charity Wren Music presents a family ceilidh with live music from the folk orchestra Rough Music. Rough Music was established by Wren Music 15 years ago. It has grown to over 30 members playing a wide range of instruments. Their repertoire ranges from Devon step dances, through Breton airs, to Swedish polkas, with much more in between. www.beehivehoniton.co.uk. Tel: 01404 384050.

NEW Saturday 14 March 2015 7.30pm - A West Country Concert - South Brent Village Hall, Station Approach TQ10 9AQ (map)
with Mike O'Connor & Barbara Griggs, Martin & Shan Graebe and Si Barron.
Mike O'Connor & Barbara Griggs www.lyngham.co.uk/mike&barbara.html with a unique, mainly Cornish song repertoire and beautiful music on harp, violin, octave violin and viol. Mike is well-known for his song writing and storytelling and his knowledge of Cornish legends and folk tales and Barbara is an early music specialist. A relaxed, highly entertaining evening – a blend of fact, fiction, and music: ‘Balm for the soul'.
Martin & Shan Graebe www.martinandshan.net singing together in harmony, drawing from a repertoire of English songs, particularly those collected by Sabine Baring-Gould in Devon and Cornwall – plus a few of the songs that Martin has written. They are acknowledged authorities on the Sabine Baring-Gould folk song collection.
And Si Barron www.sibarron.eu/index.html of Barron Brady - a very fine singer and guitarist and interpreter of traditional and contemporary folk songs.
Reel Ale bar. Tickets £10 adv from artworks www.artworksouthbrent.co.uk or £12 on the door. FFI: contact Eileen McKee: Tel: 01364 73699; email: eileen.southbrentfolk@gmail.com. One of a number of events organised throughout the year by South Brent Folk to support folk music in the South Brent area. Others will include South Brent Folk Day on Saturday 4 July 2015 and another 'Twixt Christmas and New Year Céilidh' on Sunday 27 December 2015. See www.southbrentfolk.org.uk.

NEW Friday 27 March 2015 - Gallery Bar Special: Nicky Swann & The Freethinkers - Calstock Arts, The Old Chapel, Sand Lane, Calstock PL18 9QX (map)
A welcome return for Nicky with a new line-up (Paul Caddick on keyboard and Ryan Fincham on bass) showcasing new material from her forthcoming album, inspired by the wartime exploits of her uncle who served in the RAF in Burma during the Second World War. Free entry, chatty atmosphere, donations to the band would be very welcome. Details www.calstockarts.org.

NEW Saturday 28 March 2015 8pm - Liar In The Light - Buccaneers Bar, East Street, Crediton
5-piece teenage folk band from the Crediton area who have a huge passion for music. Band members include: Raddon Stephenson (vocals, accordion, keyboard, trombone), Tom Overton (guitar and backing vocals), Louie Rew-Shaw (banjo, mandolin, harmonica, drums and backing vocals), Johnathan Bulled (double bass, bass guitar and backing vocals), Kai Dudley (violin, cello and backing vocals). Although currently focusing on their own music, they play many great covers from artists such as Mumford & Sons and Old Crow Medicine Show, as well as traditional folk tunes. Samples: www.youtube.com/user/DontKeepItSecret.

NEW Saturday 4 April 2015 - Andy Cutting - Calstock Arts, The Old Chapel, Sand Lane, Calstock PL18 9QX
BBC Radio 2 Folk Award Winner for Best Musician in 2008 and 2011, Andy is a soulful and technically outstanding melodeon player with an ear for a fine tune. Many of his compositions have become contemporary Folk classics delivered by a warm and emotive performer, engaging his audiences with self-deprecating wit and staggering musicianship. As well as a thorough grounding in the English tradition, Andy’s influences extend to the music of Central France and to the storming Quebecois tradition. Details www.calstockarts.org/saturday-4-april-andy-cutting.

NEW Friday 17 April 2015 - Gallery Bar Special: Geoff Lakeman - Calstock Arts, The Old Chapel, Sand Lane, Calstock PL18 9QX (map)
Stalwart of the West Country Folk scene and father of a virtual folk dynasty, Geoff has performed previously at Calstock Arts to great acclaim as front man for Tin Pan Alley jazz trio Speakeasy and Unstrung Heroes folk trio. Now appearing solo, Geoff is a leading exponent of the rare Crane Duet concertina. He performs his own songs as well as English, Irish, Scottish and West Country Folk as well as tunes by Jimmie Rodgers, the Louvin Brothers, Richard Thompson and Randy Newman. He’s also one of the few to play 1920s and 1930s jazz on an authentic 1920′s instrument. “The time has come for the ‘ old man ‘ of this renowned folk dynasty to fight back and reclaim his rightful place as a performer.” Western Morning News. Free entry, chatty atmosphere, donations to Geoff would be very welcome. Details www.calstockarts.org.

NEW Saturday 25 April 2015 - Four Parts Guitar - Gordon Giltrap, John Etheridge, Raymond Burley, Clive Carroll - Calstock Arts, The Old Chapel, Sand Lane, Calstock PL18 9QX (map)
Four of the most influential guitarists in Britain return to Calstock Arts to showcase their brand new album, following last year’s highly successful sell out concert. Interweaving magical playing and a shared love of music, their sound is spontaneous, exciting and technically brilliant with all four bringing their individual styles to the mix. The concert consists of a mix of solo, duo, and quartet pieces.
Details www.calstockarts.org.

NEW Saturday 25 April 2015 7.30pm - Reg Meuross & Jess Vincent - Hope Hall, Hope Road, Exeter EX2 5JN (map)
[NB This postcode is correct but interestingly gives a totally wrong location in Google Maps/Earth and, I'm told, satnav. Streetmap.co.uk which I use for my map links does however point to the correct location. Contact Simon below for details.]
Reg brings to the stage a collection of extremely beautiful songs, performed with humour and depth, and sung with the voice of an angel. Reg has that rare gift of being able to touch people, through his songs and performance, on a really human level. His words and music paint pictures that remain with the listener long after the song has been sung. His special guest will be Jess Vincent. A beautiful and unique voice matched by an extraordinary songwriting talent. Support from Exeter band, Velvet and Stone. £8 adv from Simon 01392 669704 / 07935 543124 / email sstwigg[at]blueyonder.co.uk, £10 door. www.facebook.com/events/1536537343261503

NEW Friday 1 May 2015 - The James Brothers - James Fagan & Jamie McClennan - Calstock Arts, The Old Chapel, Sand Lane, Calstock PL18 9QX (map)
The James Brothers are not really outlaws, neither are they brothers and only one of them is called James. They come from the lands down under – Australia and New Zealand; lands in which the traditional songs and tunes of the British Isles have evolved their own unique characteristics, like musical marsupials. And it’s these songs and tunes, and several of their own making, that The James Brothers have united to play. Sydney-born James Fagan – best known as one half of Nancy Kerr & James Fagan (musically and maritally), but also spotted playing guitar and bouzouki in The Cara Dillon Band and the live circus that is Bellowhead. Jamie McClennan from New Zealand found himself in a duo with Scotland’s BBC-award-winning Emily Smith (whom he also married). Jamie has been sighted on fiddle, whistle and guitar next to the likes of The Waifs, Beth Nielson Chapman, Brian Finnegan and John McCusker. For Fagan and McClennan this is about bringing their distinct Antipodean-steeped folk to a new audience, with songs and tunes brought to life by a fraternal bond between two very silly, but captivatingly gifted musicians.
www.thejamesbrothers.co.uk. Details www.calstockarts.org.

NEW Friday 29 May 2015 7pm - The Wurzels - Imperial Recreation Ground, Exmouth
An Exmouth Rotary's Kite Festival event. For full details, ticketing etc. see www.exmouthrotaryclub.co.uk/kite-festival/ticket-shop.

NEW Wednesday 10 June 2015 - Peter Knight’s Gigspanner - Calstock Arts, The Old Chapel, Sand Lane, Calstock PL18 9QX (map)
It’s been a long time in the works, but Gigspanner’s riveting new album Layers of Ages sees the band blowing the dust from a collection of well-worn traditional music and song, to reveal authentic moments of staggering originality and great beauty. Hailed by Songlines magazine as “another milestone in folk’s rebirth of cool”, Gigspanner present carefully curated and skilfully narrated material that goes beyond the folk genre. Modern in interpretation yet classical in its virtuosity, the music continues to inspire audiences of all leanings, bringing them back for more. Legendary fiddle player Peter Knight (ex Steeleye Span) is joined by Roger Flack on guitar and Vincent Salzfaas on percussion. This short album launch tour takes place in some of Gigspanner’s favourite venues – we are delighted to be one of them. “Peter Knight Can Spin the World on His Bow” Sir Terry Pratchett.
www.gigspanner.com. Details www.calstockarts.org.

NEW Saturday 27 June 2015 - Chris Wood - Calstock Arts, The Old Chapel, Sand Lane, Calstock PL18 9QX (map)
Self-taught on guitar and violin, Chris’s independent streak shines through in his composition and studio work. Always direct and unafraid to speak his mind, his song writing has been praised for its clarity. His work is typified by his trust in the space music can create and a gift for lyrical understatement. Throughout Chris’s career, independence has been balanced by collaboration. The artists he has worked with include Billy Bragg, Andy Gangadeen, Andy Cutting and Hugh Lupton. Most recently he has worked alongside Martin and Eliza Carthy and others in The Imagined Village. Cold Haily Rainy Night, performed by Wood and Eliza Carthy, took the prize for Best Traditional Song at the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards. Details www.calstockarts.org.

NEW 21-23 August 2015 - Beautiful Days Festival - Escot Park, Devon
Tickets went on sale on 6 Feb. Usually sells out way in advance. www.beautifuldays.org

Feature: Acoustic Warehouse Open Mic Music Club (Newsletter), Kingsteignton
at the Passage House Inn, Hackney Lane, Kingsteignton, Newton Abbot TQ12 3QH. We meet every Monday and always welcome artists/musicians to perform on any club night and we especially welcome visitors who come to listen to the performances.
We have added a few more artists to our Featured Artist Events. These artists have a ¾ hour set at the end of our Monday night Open Mic Club sessions, finishing as we always have to, at 10.30pm. Entrance just £1 which includes a raffle ticket.
16 March - Glenn Coggin - www.glenncoggin.co.uk
30 March - Alpha Tide - www.facebook.com/AlphaTide1
Other artists to follow later n this year: Anne Darby, Martin Sidebotham, Owly Dave, Fools Gold, The Boys From Melbourne Street, Jim Watts, Graham Butterfield. Visit www.facebook.com/pages/Acoustic-warehouse-devon/108671222622739 for further info and videos.

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General items retained from previous circulars

Shammick Acoustic in North Devon
Shammick Acoustic's full programme of guest and open nights for 2015 is now available on
www.shammickacoustic.org.uk.

Feature: Bradninch
Google Earth tells me Bradninch (2 miles SW of Cullompton) is just within my fairly arbitrarily, and loosely, defined coverage area - "30 miles as the crow flies from Totnes", so here we go...
Bradninch Folk Club www.bradninchevents.org/groups/bradninch-folk-club
Bradninch Folk Club meets on 1st Tuesday (club nights) of the month at the White Lion and on the 3rd Tuesday at the Castle Hotel (guest nights). Coming up:
Tuesday 21 October 8pm - Alex Kumar - Castle Hotel, Bradninch
Exceptional and special, Alex has the spirit and songbook of Dylan and his muse Woody Guthrie to back's his own original song writing. His appearance is as the result of a floor spot he did at the Club in February this year. He was spellbinding then in his performance. True to the promise “With a voice that can only be described as other-worldy, he has the rare ability to captivate and silence an entire room with his mesmeric presence.” Support: visiting and local performers. Entry £4 door. Gerard Edwards 01392 881105.
Bradninch Acoustic Music Club www.bradninchacousticmusicclub.org.
generally has Club nights the second Wednesday of each month, plus some guest nights. Coming up:
Friday 31 October - Jamie Smith's Mabon - The Guildhall, Bradninch
A one-off Extra Special Club night at The Guildhall starring the amazing Jamie Smith's Mabon, for those of you who have seen them they need no introduction,for those who haven’t then this is a big treat to see one of Europe’s finest Festival Bands on tour and stopping off at our little club to do a show. Tickets will be around £10 with concessions to club members and supporters. More details nearer the time. www.bradninchacousticmusicclub.org.
Wednesday 12 November - Club Night - So all floor singers come along and have a good blast.
Wednesday 10 December - Phil Beer and Paul Downes - guests for Xmas Club night at The Guildhall. Tickets £10. Wow what a night.
Bradninch also holds a popular music festival in June, see what happened this year:
www.bradninchevents.org/bradninch-music-festival

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Interesting history of folk sessions in Totnes (from the 1980s to date)
I'm not sure how long it's been there - I've only just happened on it - but a history of folk sessions in various Totnes pubs, compiled by Mick Bramich (with input from others), can be found at www.flaxey-green.co.uk/Pages/Session_History.html.

And into 2015!...
(notes for your diary - all below are details to be confirmed/advised)
Saturday 7 March 2015 - Kathryn Roberts & Sean Lakeman - Harberton Parish Hall nr Totnes
Wednesday 8 April 2015 - Feast Of Fiddles - Exeter Corn Exchange

Replacement East Devon Music Diary
The page entitled "Richie's East Devon Music Diary" on www.harbertonfolk.co.uk was a multi-genre listing originating from Richie Evans who was unfortunately unable to continue offering his service as of 6/8/14. Fortunately the reins have been taken over by Rachel Cockell who invites interested parties to join her email circulation providing a monthly PDF download (and occasional updates). Contact Rachel at exmouthgigguide@gmail.com to be included. Rachel's Gig Guide will also be available to download from www.harbertonfolk.co.uk - September available now.

Feature: Crabshell Records, Kingsbridge
Crabshell Records is a not-for-profit Unincorporated Association. Their cause is to support and encourage traditionally based music played in the area. They can offer a complete CD production service to talented, unsigned musicians who sing and play locally - often in aid of local charities. To enable promotion and sales of your music your CDs will have high quality presentation but at low cost. Their own catalogue currently includes CDs by Vic Wilcox, John Connor, Bull Pitch, Iowa 4, Rumpus, The Old Gaffers, The Storm UK, The Crabshell Concerts 2005-2012. See full details of all CDs and the production services at www.flaxey-green.co.uk/Pages/Crabshell%20Records%20Publications.html.

A publication recommended by a Harberton Folk subscriber
"Singing from the Floor: A History of British Folk Clubs by JP Bean (see www.amazon.co.uk/Singing-Floor-History-British-Clubs/dp/0571305458) (available as paperback or for Kindle). It has a few notable omissions but it is a very familiar evocation of the time. JR"

Some folk information sources for neighbouring areas
(Unfortunately I'm not aware of general folk information resource for Cornwall - Does anyone else know of anything?)
Shammick Acoustic - Includes website www.shammickacoustic.org.uk listings of regular and special events in North Devon and West Somerset.
Sadfolk - Comprehensive coverage of folk events in Somerset & Dorset - website www.sadfolk.co.uk and associated weekly email udpates.
Acoustic Calendar for Wessex - Monthly calendar with email updates of folk clubs, singarounds, acoustic sessions & open mic (i.e. not concerts etc.); see www.sanchobramble.weebly.com for details.
And included by special request of the venue, a mention for the
Electric Palace in Bridport - in case you fancy venturing for a day out further along the Jurassic Coast - www.electricpalace.org.uk - presenting some quality folk concerts, some featuring an act's only West Country gig; current programme includes: 23/4 Moulettes; 30/4 Fureys & Davey Arthur; 2/5 Dave Swarbrick & Friends; 15/5 Bella Hardy; 31/5 Sam Lee & Friends

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Feature: Milverton Music Club
Somewhat distant but perhaps of interest to those in the NW of our coverage area, the Club has regular open mic sessions on the 1st Friday of every month except August, plus occasional guest nights, and meets at the Victoria Rooms, Fore St, Milverton, Taunton TA4 1JU (N of Wellington) www.milvertonmusic.co.uk/page2.html. 2014 guest nights:
Friday 18 July - Coope, Boyes & Simpson
Friday 17 October - Kathryn Roberts & Sean Lakeman

On Exeter's Phonic FM 106.8 and online www.phonic.fm Mondays 6-8pm
Roots and Shoots with Martin Henning
The best in global and local music. Frequent live sessions from talented local and visiting musicians. See the show’s website http://rootsandshootsdevon.blogspot.co.uk. 1st, 3rd and 5th Mondays of each month | Jan 20 | Feb 3, 17 | Mar 3, 17, 31 | etc.
Common Ground with Martin Hodge - new in 2014
Exploring the rich folk music, songs and traditions of the West Country and the rest of the UK with occasional forays abroad. With informative and entertaining guests including some live music. Contact Martin via www.facebook.com/groups/commongroundonphonicfm/?fref=ts or email martin@phonic.fm. 2nd Monday of each month | Feb 10 | Mar 10 | etx.
Shenanigans with Karen and Kat
Shenanigans is presented by two chin-wagging musos with a weakness for caffeine. We will be playing indie, alternative, new wave and folk….finding those tracks you might not have heard but we know you will love! 4th Monday of each month | Jan 27 | Feb 24 | Mar 24 | etc.

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Session News
Totnes: Bay Horse Inn
, 8 Cistern Street TQ9 5SP (01803 862088, www.bayhorsetotnes.com)
Traditional Open Session: First & third Mondays of every month, 8.45pm – 11pm. Players and singers welcome.
Traditional Singing Session: Second & fourth Tuesdays of the month, 8.45 - 11pm. Exploring British folk.
Eli’s Open Session: Every Thursday, 8.45 - 11pm. Singer/songwriters, musicians, percussionists – all welcome.
Bluegrass Session: Second Sunday each Month, 8.30pm - 11pm. Players welcome.

New Venue for 2014: Starz Bar in Exeter - Exeter Folk Project
Gigs start in the New Year, downstairs in the lounge bar, all seated (55-60 seats). More at www.facebook.com/Exeterfolkproject. Location: 18 Lower North Steet, Exeter, EX4 3ET. The line-up to date: 23/1/14 Blair Dumlop; 20/2/14 Greg Russell & Ciaran Algar; 27/3/14 O'Hooley & Tidow

Crabshell Records Kingsbridge
We don't normally advertise this sort of thing, but Neil does a great job with Kingsbridge-based Crabshell Records ("Any money raised over expenses will be entirely dedicated to promoting live music of the tradition in and around Kingsbridge") , mostly involving local South Devon performers including Rumpus, The Old Gaffers, and The Storm, or his own previous events. See www.flaxey-green.co.uk/Pages/Publications.html for the lastest info (and also www.shamstrad.co.uk/crabshellrecords.htm).

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'South Devon Arts Centre' in Totnes
This not-for-profit community arts venue (whose patrons and friends include Jools Holland, Bob Harris and Sir Richard Branson) already has a massive programme lined up of top-class music of many genres, comedy, cabaret, theatre etc. and all ticketing details can be found at www.southdevonarts.co.uk. SDAC is located at The Stables, Ford Road, Totnes, TQ9 5LE (map) and has a maximum seated capacity of 190 (ground floor 110, gallery balcony 80), or 200 standing capacity ground floor. Plenty of free parking available close by. Licensed bar.

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North Devon/West Somerset music listings - Listings of regular and special music events for the above area can always be found at www.shammickacoustic.org.uk (then click on 'Local Events').

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Note to (potential) contributors - and readers:
The frequency of these e-circulars varies anywhere from approx. weekly up to fortnightly, driven essentially by work and personal priorities. Therefore, to give your event the best possible chance of inclusion (unless I forget! - has happened very occasionally), try to get your information to me at least a month in advance, preferably using the standard format I employ for most entries - see below - and preferably with a max. length of 50 to 75 words. Otherwise I have to edit text down to a reasonable length, and editing takes time! A Myspace (or similar) web link for music samples is a good idea too.

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Folk news slightly further afield:
Somerset & Dorset (SADFOLK) folk events
A regular and comprehensive emailed listing is available through www.sadfolk.co.uk (Somerset and Dorset folk) for folk events in venues large and small in those two counties, some of which are not too far away from the Harberton Folk area. Steve who runs this has over 800 contacts on his list.
North Devon
www.shammickacoustic.org.uk - website listings
...and not forgetting www.flaxey-green.co.uk (and www.devonfolk.co.uk) for further detailed Devon listings, including many regular pub sessions,  folk dance clubs and much more.

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1-2-1 Melodeon Tuition
Ed Rennie, lead tutor with the Devon Squeezebox Foundation, is currently teaching melodeon to a number of people on a 1-2-1 basis at their homes. The advantage from the students' point of view is the courses are tailored to their needs and progress at their pace and they get to stay at home in the warm and dry and Ed does all the running about in the cold and dark! Ed has a number of students he visits once a month in the West Dartmoor/Plymouth area (Mary Tavy to Saltash). He has capacity to take on some more students in the area, so if you would be interested to learn the melodeon at home with Ed, give him a shout at devonsqueezebox@hotmail.co.uk. Melodeon hire also available.

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A few notes about these listings - what gets listed, what doesn't... etc.
The listings primarily include 'folk' events, mostly of a concert nature, also folk club guest nights, folk workshops, ceilidhs / barn dances etc.
'Folk' of course means many things to many people so that's partly why I also include limited coverage of some Americana, blues and other acoustic music events, but also partly because there are dedicated people/venues in the area putting on top-class performers in these fields - and they take the trouble to send me information. (The 'other musics' will generally have shorter entries and fewer repeats.)
My preferred length for entries is 50-75 words, 100 words max. This length restriction, combined with a 'selection of events only', means that the overall length of each e-circular does not become excessive (and unduly sleep-inducing!). The full open-ended Diary is always available on www.harbertonfolk.co.uk.
If you're submitting stuff to me for inclusion, why not give a web link to online music samples? Most performers have them these days. And there's then a chance the reader will take a listen, perhaps like what they hear, and maybe even come to a gig they wouldn't have otherwise considered!
I don't include information about regular informal pub folk sessions or folk (social) dance club material - these areas are well covered by www.flaxey-green.co.uk and www.devonfolk.co.uk. - but I will list details of new sessions, for example.
The general distance qualifier has always been 'within 30 miles as the crow flies from Totnes' (covers a surprisingly wide range), although this does get stretched a little sometimes for items of potential wider South-West interest.
The e-circulars are sent to approx. 1400 folk-specific contacts (no telling of course how many fail to arrive for whatever reason, although I do my best to maintain the email list - several repeated rejections from the same address will result in that address being deleted)  The great majority of those contacts are within the above coverage area.
And please don't be offended if I occasionally forget - or even refuse - to include an item.
Keep enjoying the live music! - John Culf

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New folk festival listing website
www.ukfolkfestivals.co.uk "tries to list almost every folk music festival in the UK" [and seems to do quite a good job]

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An 'interesting' email problem
Those of you who read my recent notes about the various problems I experience when sending these e-circulars may be interested/amused to see a (new) rejection message received from a recipient at a local educational establishment. I have highlighted the offending word in bold/red and added spaces so it's not rejected again. This word appeared in the item about Hayseed Dixie:
Microsoft Antigen for Exchange found a message matching a filter. The message is currently Identified.
Message: "hf21_30 080226"
Filter name: "KEYWORD= racial discrimination: h i l l b i l l y"
Sent from: "John Culf"

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A Virus Warning - but please do read this, unlike the usual hoaxes that circulate which are simply designed to clog up the email airwaves:
"There is a dangerous virus being passed around electronically, orally, and by hand. This virus is called Weary-Overload-Recreational-Killer (WORK). If you receive WORK from any of your colleagues, your boss, or anyone else via any means DO NOT TOUCH IT. This virus will wipe out your private life completely. If you should come into contact with WORK, put your jacket on and take two good friends to the nearest grocery store. Purchase the antidote known as Work-Isolating-Neutralizer-Extract (WINE) or Bothersome-Employer-Elimination-Rebooter (BEER). Take the antidote repeatedly until WORK has been completely eliminated from your system. You should forward this warning to 5 friends. If you do not have 5 friends, you have already been infected."

'Virus' warnings - Chain emails (e.g. petrol prices) - Please avoid them
With 1400+ email contacts, if there's junk going around I usually see quite a few examples of it. If you receive a chain email, such as those that warn of a terrible virus circulating which will destroy your hard disk, do please take a moment to check before forwarding it to your entire address book. Pick out a couple of salient words and put them into Google, e.g. "olympic torch email", and you'll soon see that they are invariably hoaxes, simply designed to further clog up email servers across the globe. And whilst possibly originally well intentioned, the petrol price emails doing the rounds have essentially been around since 1999 - see http://urbanlegends.about.com/library/bl_gas_boycott_2006.htm and read the analysis/comments.

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Other interesting local music links
Plymouth Classical Music Concert Diary www.plyclassical.co.uk - Comprehensive month-by-month listings of all types of classical music in and around Plymouth, plus some jazz and folk, including Harberton Folk's events.
Plymouth Music Accord www.plymouthmusicaccord.co.uk - Registered Charity promoting the appreciation and performance of music in the Plymouth area. Members include local orchestras, bands, choirs, opera groups, etc. and many promoters and venues, and Plymouth Folk Festival (who have a brand new, smart website).
'Off topic' but we'll mention a couple of other local live music sources for different genres:
Totnes Early Music Society www.totnesearlymusic.org.uk - fairly self-explanatory

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